Susan Waller


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Nursing and Allied Health Graduate Outcomes Tracking (NAHGOT) Allied Health Workforce Interprofessional Simulation in Clinical Education Co-Design in Health Professions Education NDIS Readiness


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Personal profile


Dr Susan Waller is Senior Lecturer and Rural Nursing and Allied Health Lead at the Monash Rural Health- University Department of Rural Health (MRH-UDRH).

Susan is responsible for support for interprofessional education and collaboartive practice across MRH. She leads the Rural Nursing and Allied Health (RNAH) placement support across the Monash Rural Health (Loddon Mallee and Gippsland). See video "90 seconds with Susan Waller" where she talks about her IPE and IPP.

Susan works closely with allied health clinical educators (ACHEs) in the health services in the MRH-UDRH footprint to support quality nursing and allied health student placements and offers professional development in clinical supervision for students and peers for allied health professionals. She is Co-Chair of the Gippsland Allied Health Leaders (GAHL), a member of the Gippsland AH Education Group (GAHEG) and Chair of the Gippsland Allied Health Symposium (GAHS) Planning Committee.

Susan is a member of the Monash University faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Siences Collaboartive care Committee, Strategic Placements Committee and the MRH Education and Executive Committees.

Prior to joining Monash University in 2014, Susan was the Senior Physiotherapist at the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland. Susan supervised 18 FTE physiotherapists across Queensland and was Team leader of the Practice Support Team supporting approximately 60 OTs, SPs, SWs and PTs. Susan completed her Masters of paediatric Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland (UQ) and has completed the Basic and Advanced Neurodevelopmental Therapy courses. Susan worked as an academic coordinator at the UQ Rural Clinical School from 2003-2009.

Susan has worked in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates in rehabilitation for children and adults. She speaks some Arabic and has a healthy respect for the value of culturally responsive healthcare, education and research.

Susan studied the impact of an interprofessional student placement in community rehabilitation teams and was awarded a PhD in Interprofessional Education from the University of Queensland in 2010. She was part of a team who developed an Interprofessional Curriculum in the first Clinical School located in a large private hospital in Brisbane and has conducted training workshops in practicing interprofessionally. Susan has since been invited by Edith Cowan University, the University of Tasmania Professional Placements Unit and the Allied Health Professions Office Queensland Health to work collaboartively on developing their interprofessional education capacity through workshops and presentations. Susan was part of the team that designed the multiprofessional education curriculum at the first clinical school in a private hospital for UQ.

Susan works closely with Latrobe Community Health Service and is Senior Leacturer in their Placements, Education and Research Unit (PERU). This includes the support of the simulated interprofessional student clinic.

Susan completed the Harvard Macey Medical Education course in 2006 at UQ and the Leadership and Innovation and Assessment courses at Monash University in 2019.

Susan is a Director of the Board of the Australian Rural Health Education Network (ARHEN) and a Director of the Board of Management of Headway Gippsland. She is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (paediatrics and Educators Groups), Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH), a Friend of the Alliance and an Associate member of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA).

Monash teaching commitment



Community service

Member of the Human Research and Ethics Committee (HREC) Cerebral Palsy League (CPL) Queensland 2011- present

Member of Board of Directors Headway Gippsland 2015-present

Co-Chair of Gippsland Allied Health Leaders 2016-presemt

Member of Gippsland Allied Health Education Group 2016-present

Chair of Gippsland Allied Health Symposium Planning Committee 2015-present

Education/Academic qualification

Interprofessional Clinical Education, PhD

Award Date: 18 Dec 2010

Physiotherapy, Bachelor, University of Queensland

Award Date: 2 Mar 1982

Physiotherapy, Graduate Certificate, University of Queensland

Physiotherapy, Master, University of Queensland

Research area keywords

  • Interprofessional Education
  • Collaboration
  • Paediatric Physiotherapy
  • Disability
  • Clinical Education
  • Rural Health
  • Comunity Health
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Simulation
  • Supervision
  • Integrated Practice
  • Surgical Education

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Research Output

Struggling urology trainee: a qualitative study into causes of underperformance

McLeod, K., Waller, S., King, D. & Nestel, D., 16 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : ANZ Journal of Surgery. 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access

Family-focused recovery: Perspectives from individuals with a mental illness

Waller, S., Reupert, A., Ward, B., McCormick, F. & Kidd, S., Feb 2019, In : International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 28, 1, p. 247-255 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Interprofessional simulation in a student community clinic: Insights from an educational framework and Contact Theory

Waller, S. & Nestel, D., 20 Dec 2019, In : Advances in Simulation. 4, Suppl 1, 12 p., 21.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Supervision training in healthcare: a realist synthesis

Rees, C. E., Lee, S. L., Huang, E., Denniston, C., Edouard, V., Pope, K., Sutton, K., Waller, S., Ward, B. & Palermo, C., 5 Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Advances in Health Sciences Education. 39 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


  • 2 Public outreach
  • 1 Contribution to conference
  • 1 Submissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Gippsland Allied Health Symposium 2018

Susan Waller (Organiser)

Feb 2017Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Director Headway Gippsland Board of Management

Susan Waller (Contributor)

Sep 2015 → …

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic outreach

Senior Lecturer Placements Education Research Unit

Susan Waller (Member)

29 Oct 2014

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Member Cerebral Palsy League Human Research Ethics Committee

Susan Waller (Contributor)

2010 → …

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic outreach